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     The road-sign for Saklıkent after the Uğurlu cross-section on the Mugla-Antalya highway seems to herald the way to another planet on earth. Beydağları, which is a portion of the Western Taurus Mountains, is located to the north of Fethiye in all its splendour. The rivers, running down from the summits higher than three thousand meters,  flow out to the Mediterranean , forming deep valleys. Valleys and canyons are readily encountered in many mountaneous regions of the world. However, some formations are so impressive that it is almost like visiting another planet. One of the most interesting formations is located at  the northeast of Fethiye, at a distance of forty-five kilometers. Saklıkent...Perhaps the most narrow and mystical canyon of the world. The daylight seeping through the hills cause interesting plays of light among the rocks. With the contribution of the waters running on the ground, the scene is completed.
     The entrance to Saklıkent is by a suspended passageway mounted on to the western wall. The first one or two kilometers can be covered by everyone including the children. However, going deeper into the canyon,  there are more and more obstructions. Further on, one has to climb up with the aid of ropes hanging on the walls at certain points. After a few kilometers it is almost impossible to go any further. However, even a walk of these few kilometers is sufficient to appreciate the unusual beauty of the walls formed by the flowing waters and passageways. While touring in Saklıkent, it is necessary to wade in hip-high waters from time to time. In other words, there is a price to pay for visiting such a beautiful location: Getting your clothes and shoes wet. It would be beneficial to take along flippers or rubber shoes for those wishing to go deeper into the canyon. Climbing the top of the canyon could be a pleasant adventure for lovers of trekking.
    The top of the canyon is reached after an hour’s climb through the tracks on the eastern wing. It is most exciting to walk along the upper edge of the canyon. Karaçay, rumbling down from the 700-meter walls of the canyon, joins Eşençay on the plains and branches off. On the various branches of Karaçay there are many restaurants among the green fields.
     Here fresh trout and pancakes may be eaten, lying on rafts. The exit from Saklıkent is almost a market place. On counters of local villagers, natural products such as honey, olive oil, thyme, sour pomegranates and  carob molass are for sale.
    With a length of thirteen kilometers, the Saklıkent Canyon is one of the most difficult canyons to cross. Only a few people have been able to traverse the whole canyon.
    These groups, using the most professional equipment for mountain climbing and cavern research, started their descent at the entrance on top of the canyon and reached the exit after an adventure lasting two and a half days. The most difficult part of the Saklıkent Canyon is the descent from the waterfall located mid-way, falling down from a height of 50 meters. The Saklıkent Canyon, extending from Antalya to Mugla, hid itself over centuries, deserving its name. Only in 1989, a shepherd named Ekren discovered its existence while following his goats. After this date, the place became a national park and a concrete road was built to facilitate transportation. The Saklıkent Canyon is a paradise on earth for those wishing to escape the scorching heat of the Fethiye sun and to cool off in the refreshing waters.

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